"Jim Nicholson will be part of a strong group of Conservative MEPs in the next European Parliament, standing up for the interests of the United Kingdom. No lone voice, he will be part of a strong team committed to delivering for Northern Ireland and the entire UK.
"If the Conservatives are successful in winning the next general election, Jim Nicholson and his colleagues in the Conservative grouping in the European Parliament will be able to work with that new government to reform Europe, to halt the federalist agenda, to keep Sterling and to ensure that British businesses and workers are not dictated to by the Working Time Directive. Others may talk about doing this - only Jim Nicholson and his fellow Conservative MEPs with a Conservative Government in Westminster can actually deliver this for the United Kingdom.
"As I campaigned with Jim in Northern Ireland this week, I heard many of the same issues raised that I hear in my own constituency in Essex. Concern about red-tape from Brussels strangling businesses; anger at how Gordon Brown's government has trashed our economy and burdened us with unbelievable debt; and hope for change. People want to see change in Brussels - with power moving from unelected bureaucrats to democratically-elected representatives in national parliaments. People want to see change in Westminster - they want an end to this Labour government and its incompetence. And people want to see change in Northern Ireland - they want mainstream British politics in this part of the UK.
"Voting Jim Nicholson, Conservatives and Unionists, no. 1 on 4th June will begin to bring about that change".
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Shadow Minister for Europe, Mark Francois MP, joined Jim Nicholson MEP to campaign in the South Antrim, Upper Bann and Lagan Valley constituencies. It's worth printing in full Francois' observations.